SOCFIN under scrutiny over alleged abuses and malpractices in Africa despite pledges to clean up its act

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Recent reports have shed light on land rights violations and other abuses allegedly committed by SOCFIN in Africa. Despite commitments made by the firm to change its behaviour, the reports reveal that communities affected by SOCFIN agricultural activities continue to face an uphill battle to have their land and human rights respected.

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Village women take on palm oil firm in Cameroon

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

A recent report by Fern, a European conservation NGO, has revealed damning testimony by local residents of the impacts of an oil palm firm previously subject to allegations of illegal deforestation.

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GVL drops out of RSPO, months after rebuke for a litany of rights abuses

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

A subsidiary of the giant palm oil and paper conglomerate Sinar Mas has withdrawn from the RSPO, five months after it was rebuked by the certification scheme for coercing communities into giving “consent” to its operations in Liberia.

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GVL rebuked for “coercing” communities in Liberia

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

An investigation the world’s leading palm oil certification body has confirmed that a litany of social abuses have been committed by a major plantation firm in Liberia.

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Bad ag campaigner arbitrarily detained in Cameroon

Friday, October 27th, 2017

A campaigner who led community opposition against a controversial palm oil plantation in Cameroon has been arrested, amid growing political tensions in the West African nation.

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Ghana’s outdated forestry laws allow deforestation for ag with impunity, study finds

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Flaws in the regulatory framework governing forests in Ghana are contributing to extensive clearances for mining and agriculture, a study examining the country’s forestry laws has found.

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